If there was ever a family that needed a Christmas present, this would be it.
For almost two years now, Desiree Lamoureux hasn’t left her two-year-old son’s side. That’s because Taylum has been battling polycystic kidney disease at Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital. It’s a rare condition that only one in four babies born with survive, and Taylum wasn’t expected to last more than a week. After the diagnosis, Desiree, who lives in Sudbury, immediately put her life on hold to live alone in Toronto, where she stays at a Ronald McDonald house. That’s pretty much where she’s been ever since.
Meanwhile, her husband Darren continues to work 12-hour shifts as an electrician in a Sudbury mine so they can keep paying their accumulating bills. He comes home to an empty house most nights, and drives to Toronto every few weeks to spend time with his wife and only child. Because of the geographical rift between them, the family has been left to communicate primarily through internet-friendly programs like “Facetime.”
Despite all of that, Taylum still misses his father and asks about “Dada” every morning.
You’re probably about ready to shed tears at this point. But when the couple appeared on CTV’s Canada AM today, they were presented with two unbelievable gifts that could change their world.
“This will mean that Darren can spend more time here with his son,” Desiree exclaimed. “Less FaceTime and more face-to-face time with Taylum.”